Foreword by: Olivia Gude
Publication Date: July 19, 2019
This book is a comprehensive introduction to the theory and practice of Community-Based Art Education (CBAE). CBAE encourages learners to make connections between their art education in a classroom setting and its application in the community beyond school, with demonstrable examples of how the arts impact responsible citizenship. Written by and for visual art educators, this resource offers guidance on how to thoughtfully and successfully execute CBAE in the pre-K–12 classroom and with adult learners, taking a broad view towards intergenerational art learning. Chapters include vignettes, exemplars of practice, curriculum examples that incorporate the National Coalition of Core Arts Standards, and research frameworks for developing, implementing, and assessing CBAE projects.
Community-Based Art Education Across the Lifespan will help artist-educators to:
Pamela Harris Lawton is a practicing artist and associate professor of art education at Virginia Commonwealth University. Margaret Anne Walker is a clinical associate professor of art education at the University of Maryland College Park, and coordinates the Master’s programs in Visual Arts and Arts Integration in UMD’s College of Education. Melissa Green is a museum educator, artist, and creative community engagement designer.
“I have been a teacher and community artist for over 40 years and I was fully engaged with this text. I found myself nodding in agreement, frowning in concentration as I considered a fresh perspective, or ironically smiling at pointed advice concerning making plans based on the reality of time constraints.”
—Olivia Gude, Angela Gregory Paterakis Professor and Chair of Art Education, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
“This is the book I have been waiting for—carefully researched, thought-provoking, and inspiring. It is for everyone who is concerned with enhancing social cohesion and understanding. It shows how we can bring diverse groups together to create, empathize with each other, and celebrate. This is what our fragmented society urgently needs.”
—Lily Yeh, award-winning artist and founding director of Barefoot Artists Inc.